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Olivia...and the Missing Toy

by Ian Falconer

Published by An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2003
32 pages
ISBN: 0-689-85291-6

Ages 4 - 8

Olivia returns again. The self-assured pig with irrepressible flair is still a trendsetter when it comes to fashion, insisting on a red soccer shirt even though her team color is "a really unattractive green." While her mom sews, Olivia occupies herself playing with the unfortunate family cat and one of her toys. But by the time the shirt is done, the toy has disappeared. "That's my best toy. I need it now!" cries Olivia, never shy about sharing her feelings with the world. The toy does turn up, and observant children might already suspect who took it before Olivia discovers the truth. Ian Falconer has again created a charming and funny story about an uncontainable personality. As with the previous Olivia books, Olivia (2000) and Olivia Saves the Circus (2001), both published by Atheneum, Olivia and the Missing Toy is illustrated almost completely in black-and-white, with judicious use of red and, something new in this story, green. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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